Applications of the FIB lift-out technique for TEM specimen preparation
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Microsc. Res. Tech.
SiC; Si; galvanized steel; Fe-Zn; ZnSe; metals; ceramics; integrated; circuit; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON-MICROSCOPY; FOCUSED ION-BEAM; COMBINATION; Anatomy & Morphology; Biology; Microscopy
A site-specific technique for cross-section transmission electron microscopy specimen preparation of difficult materials is presented. A focused ion beam was used to slice an electron transparent membrane from a specific area of interest within a bulk sample. Micromanipulation Lift-out procedures were then used to transport the electron-transparent specimen to a carbon-coated copper grid for subsequent TEM analysis. The FIB (focused ion beam) lift-out technique is a fast method for the preparation of site-specific TEM. specimens. The versatility of this technique is demonstrated by presenting cross-sectioned TEN specimens from several types of materials systems, including a multi-layered integrated circuit on a Si substrate, a galvanized steel, a polycrystalline SiC ceramic fiber, and a ZnSe optical ceramic. These specimens have both complex surface geometry and interfaces with complex chemistry. FIB milling was performed sequentially through different layers of cross-sectioned materials so that preferential sputtering was not a factor in preparing TEM specimens. The FIB lift-out method for TEM analysis is a useful technique for the study of complex materials systems for TEM analysis. (C) 1998 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Microscopy Research and Technique
"Applications of the FIB lift-out technique for TEM specimen preparation" (1998). Faculty Bibliography 1990s. 2252.